Program Overview

Immerse yourself in current events and unprecedented political changes in the capital of the United Kingdom. Participate in two Political Science courses over a four-week experience that will explore differing perspectives on international government and policies. Meet political party leaders and discuss politics in United Kingdom in the aftermath of Brexit. With London as your classroom you’ll visit historical sites that will provide context for recent shifts in the political landscape.

Academic Details

You will enroll in two, four-credit classes while in London. These courses will combine classroom learning with experiential excursions that provide access to important locations and individuals within the political sphere of the United Kingdom and European Union. Contemporary British Politics will be taught by former Editor of BBC World Service News, Andrew Whitehead. A companion course on International Conflict and Cooperation: Britain, the European Union, and Brexit will be taught by a University of Oregon Political Science faculty member, Ronald Mitchell. Both courses are recognized and approved for academic credit at the University of Oregon and can apply to the Political Science major or minor.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Faculty and Staff

Dr Andrew Whitehead has been until recently the Editor of BBC World Service News, the BBC‘s biggest radio network reaching more than forty million listeners around the world. During his career, he has been a foreign correspondent, a correspondent covering British politics, a news presenter and a maker of award winning documentaries. He has spent a semester as a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Ronald B. Mitchell is a Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon and an expert on international environmental politics and law. He founded and directs the International Environmental Agreements Database Project, which provides students and scholars with a catalog of all environmental treaties. His research seeks to identify and explain patterns in the design and effectiveness of international environmental treaties. He has published four books and over 40 articles and chapters in edited volumes, including in International Organization, Global Environmental Politics, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, and International Environmental Agreements. He has received three US National Science Foundation grants and was the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s 2018 Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award. He co-directed the Dissertation Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS) from 2003-2014. He teaches courses on international relations, international environmental politics, and international organization.

Housing Description

You will join a community of residents from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as part of life in one of the University of London residence halls. The hall is located in central London, close to the GEO Centre, the British Museum and the London Tube.

You will have your own single study bedroom and share bathrooms with other residents. All single rooms have a hand basin, fitted furniture consisting of bed (including linens), desk, chair, and extensive storage for clothes and books. Rooms are fitted with a telephone, Wi-Fi, and data socket. 

The residence hall has study rooms, lounges, computer lab, and laundry facilities available to students. Daily breakfast is included in the program fee, and is taken in the hall's cafeteria. Shared refrigerators, microwaves, and kettles  are also available in the hall common areas and there are grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Term
Summer
Year
2020
Priority Deadline
02/15/2020
Deadline
3/15/2020
Arrival Date
08/02/2020
Departure Date
08/29/2020

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Departmment of State country webpage.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.